Goshen nips Pike County for opening day win, 7-4

Published 10:11 pm Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The two schools from the Pike County School System opened the season against one another on Tuesday afternoon.

Goshen and Pike County squared off in a double header, with Goshen winning the first game 7-4. Goshen won the second game of the doubleheader 10-0.

In the first game, Goshen came out of the blocks fast. The Eagles scored two runs in each of the first three innings to jump out to a big 6-0 lead.

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Leadoff man Carlton Bean singled up the middle to start the first for Goshen, Austin Rushing would later notch an infield single in the inning. Both Bean and Rushing would come across the plate.

In the second, Jared Maddox reached on a single, and would later score on a clean steal of home. Rhett Lolley also scored in the inning for Goshen.

The third inning was saw Bryant Stephens lead off with a walk before being sent home on a ground ball down the third base line by Ty Witherington. White picked up an RBI later in the inning on a single to left field, scoring Witherington.

Pike County mounted a rally in the later innings but could not get hits when they neede they needed them, and opened the season with the loss.

Stephens picked up the win on the mound going three innings and giving up just one hit. Stephens stuck out six Bulldogs and walked four.

In the second game, Maddox got the win on the hill going five innings and striking ou 11 Pike County batters, while only giving up one hit.

Bean stole 7 bases in the two games.

Goshen head coach Robby Kinsaul said the when was what the team needed early in the season.

“It’s always good to start the year with a ‘W’,” said Kinsaul. “We were able to get some runs early and that’s big. Anytime you can make the other team play from behind, things are going good. We just have to keep doing that and not let those ‘baseball demons’ creep into our heads.”